Nearly a quarter century since the Soviet Union went out of business, but 98 years after the Great October Socialist Revolution, Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey still believes.
The Russian Revolution was an exercise in power to the people, implementing democracy, freeing serfs, creating the proletariat, freeing women and giving them the vote, taking children out of the mines, creating Trade Unions which defended workers' rights against the hegemonistic tendencies of societies controlled by Capitalists.
Yes, better to have mines worked by enemies of the people who don't eat if they don't make norm.
It was an exercise in a universal movement of goodwill, brotherly and sisterly relations being favored over differences in race, in creed, in ethnicity, in color; it was an exercise in the implementation of social leaning programs worldwide. Whole societies and countries were freed from the yoke of imperialism, colonies were disbanded, people were educated, people were empowered, women were given universal rights, universally.
Yes, and if you believe that, I have real estate in Buryat Autonomous Region or Birobidzhan to exile you to.

Perhaps, though, Mr Bancroft-Hinchey is angling for a billet as chief diversity officer somewhere.
He has spent the last two decades in humanitarian projects, connecting communities, working to document and catalog disappearing languages, cultures, traditions, working to network with the LGBT communities helping to set up shelters for abused or frightened victims and as Media Partner with UN Women, working to foster the UN Women project to fight against gender violence and to strive for an end to sexism, racism and homophobia. A Vegan, he is also a Media Partner of Humane Society International, fighting for animal rights.
It's got to pay better than editing the Portuguese edition of Pravda, plus there will still be phesbian leminists, vegetarians, and all the other freakazoids to hang out with.

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